Colour your mood
reviews, there is evidence to suggest colour therapy can alleviate some SAD symptoms.
The impact of colour is profound and very individualized. For every colour available, there can be both a positive as well as a negative response, depending on the individual:
Blue: can be viewed as tranquil, calm and fresh; also cold, utilitarian and depressing.
Brown: a colour of nature, stable, comforting and elegant; also bland or melancholy.
Red: the colour of passion, stimulates the senses and suggests strength; also restlessness and anger.
Green: reflects nature, renewal and harmony; depending on the tone, the colour can range from being garish (bright and loud) to very drab and serious (army green).
Yellow: the colour of sun, optimism and ener- gy; can be overstimulating and irritating if too intense.
Pink: evokes the feeling of femininity, innocence and happiness; can feel overly feminine or even medicinal, depending on its tone.
Purple: carries a history of being regal, sophisticated and powerful; can also be read as too feminine or playful (think faux animal prints).
White: suggests a space that is pure, uncluttered and fresh; also cold, lifeless and unimaginative.
Black: sophisticated, sleek and strong; usually an accent. Too much black can make a space feel heavy and claustrophobic.
The best approach to selecting colours for your home is to keep the big picture in mind. Remember, your wall colour will be only one surface that will influence the room’s impact. Consider the furniture, the flooring, wall decor and lighting as well.
These will add to the overall picture by playing off each other, presenting the eye with many singular elements that will read as one harmonious presentation. Every colour looks different when it is surrounded by other colours.
I believe if you were drawn to the browns and greys, you can use these colours without hesitation. Consider using a brown tone on a feature wall, perhaps to highlight a fireplace or major work of art. Paint the surrounding walls with a complementary grey (perhaps with a warm blue or green undertone), keeping the walls a neutral canvas on which you can build.
Bring in your furnishings and carpets and adjust your wall decor, lighting and accessories to reflect the seasons. Remember, grey and brown do not need to be dingy and depressing. They can — and should — be calming and cosy. Layer your rooms with the essence of comfort and security during the cooler months and be prepared to peel back the layers come spring to prepare the rooms for a calm, cool oasis.